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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 917

$512K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 114 out of 917

333 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 333 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 333 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,659 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Washington
FUROSEMIDE 696 668 1 7
LISINOPRIL 658 613 2 1
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 610 609 3 52
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 607 570 4 3
SERTRALINE HCL 480 475 5 24
TRAZODONE HCL 444 402 6 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 436 435 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 391 366 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 385 372 9 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 368 353 10 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 353 335 11 15
SIMVASTATIN 307 294 12 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 288 288 13 32
OLANZAPINE 266 240 14 103
OMEPRAZOLE 266 256 14 4
METFORMIN HCL 234 195 16 8
SEROQUEL 221 218 17 119
RISPERIDONE 214 189 18 51
NAMENDA 202 202 19 43
MIRTAZAPINE 182 182 20 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 181 154 21 25
HALOPERIDOL 175 144 22 204
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 174 169 23 75
LOVASTATIN 144 111 24 19
RANITIDINE HCL 138 98 25 29
GLIPIZIDE 136 136 26 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 126 124 27 66
MEGESTROL ACETATE 125 125 R 28 196
DIGOXIN 114 104 29 41
GABAPENTIN 112 100 30 17
IBUPROFEN 112 111 30 97
ATENOLOL 94 90 32 12
KLOR-CON 10 89 79 33 115
PREDNISONE 88 79 34 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 87 84 35 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 36 86
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 79 37 14
CLOPIDOGREL 79 76 37 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 58 39 18
LACTULOSE 73 49 40 133
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 45 41 155
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 62 42 23
LEVETIRACETAM 66 48 42 120
SPIRIVA 66 66 42 45
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 64 45 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 61 46 9
FINASTERIDE 63 52 46 77
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 62 48 116
KLOR-CON M10 61 61 49 234
PLAVIX 59 57 50 84
BACLOFEN 58 49 51 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 58 51 76
NITROFURANTOIN 57 57 53 268
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 52 54 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 51 S3 55 6
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 47 R 55 67
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 34 57 114
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 51 58 20
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Aug. 7, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.